Archeologists Discover Mysterious Tomb at Xunantunich

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016


Archeologists working at the Maya ruin site of Xunantunich in Cayo District have unearthed what may be the biggest tomb ever found in Belize. Discovered underneath one of the central buildings at the site, the tomb contains the undisturbed remains of an adult male estimated to be in his 20s or 30s buried alongside a number of ceremonial items, including four obsidian blades, vases, pots, and the remains of what archeologists believe is either a jaguar or a deer.

While work is still ongoing at the site, archeologists have given a preliminary date for the tomb, estimating it to have been built in the Late Classic Period (roughly 700 to 1000 AD). Dr. Jaime Awe, the lead archeologist at the site, spoke to the media about the discovery of what he believes to be the tomb of a Maya ruler and has installed a Plexiglas window so that tourists can view the newly-discovered remains.

After being abandoned some time during the end of the post-Classical period, the site of Xunantunich was rediscovered in the late 19th century when Belize was a British colony. Thomas Gann, the district commissioner of Cayo District, began excavations at the site, which was given the name Xunantunich, a Maya name which means “Stone Woman”. Since 1892, visitors to the site have reported seeing a woman dressed entirely in white with glowing eyes that haunts the temple known as “El Castillo” (The Castle).

Xunantunich has been excavated almost continuously since the late 19th century but this month’s discovery by archeologist Dr. Jaime Awe is the very first tomb ever found at the site. The central core of Xunantunich measures more than a square mile (2.6 km2) and archeologists have already excavated more than 26 buildings. The most photographed feature at Xunantunich is “El Castillo”, a large pyramid at the center of the site that is covered in stucco friezes depicting important stories from Maya mythology.

Chabil Mar & Xunantunich

The lovely Chabil Mar resort on the Placencia Peninsula is close to all of the most exciting mainland destinations in Belize. Guests of the resort can include a visit to Xunantunich as part of one of Chabil Mar’s fantastic Belize Reef & Jungle vacation packages.

You’ll Feel Fine Watching the End of the World Marathon

Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016

End of the world marathon

One of the most eclectic sporting events in Belize is scheduled to begin on December 4, 2016 at 5:30 am on the southern tip of the Placencia Peninsula. The End of the World Marathon first began on December 21, 2012 when many people around the world interpreted the ancient Maya calendar to predict the apocalypse on that date. After gaining widespread popularity, the End of the World Marathon has continued year after year, blossoming to become one of Placencia’s most popular events.

Competitors in the End of the World Marathon can either choose to run a half marathon (13.1 miles) or a full marathon (26.2 miles), with competitors running the full marathon starting at the southern tip of the peninsula at Placencia Village. They’ll make their way northward, passing by the luxury resort of Chabil Mar, the Garifuna village of Seine Bight, and the beautiful Maya Beach before reaching the northernmost point of the peninsula. At that point, the half marathon runners will enter the competition, joining the full marathon competitors to race towards the finish line and cheering crowds in Placencia Village.

Designed to promote a healthy appreciation of the natural beauty of the peninsula, the End of the World Marathon is a community event, with all profits going towards providing high school scholarships for local children. More than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top six marathoners (three men and three women), and every competitor who finishes the race will receive a commemorative medal. Special mention will be made for the top finishers in five categories: under 29 years old, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and seniors aged 60 and over.

2015 Booth, Hector and Nora Chabil Mar Resort Belize

Chabil Mar

The luxury resort of Chabil Mar located on the Placencia Peninsula just a few minutes’ walk from the starting/finish line in Placencia Village offers spacious villas on a private ground that features a luxuriant tropical garden, infinity swimming pool, and a beachfront bar and restaurant.

Chabil Mar is a proud sponsor of the End of the World Marathon and is now developing a comprehensive vacation package so that guests of the resort can enjoy all of the thrilling action.

Visit our website for more information on Belize and Placencia, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

Chabil Mar is now offering a new jungle & sea vacation package

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016

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Chabil Mar in Placencia, Belize is proud to announce that it has formed a partnership with Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Lodge to offer guests a new exciting destination as part of Chabil Mar’s comprehensive vacation packages. The new partnership will offer guests of Chabil Mar a chance to experience 7 nights of jungle and sea adventures with three or four nights at the country’s premiere jungle lodge, a nighttime tour of the jungle, and a full compliment of delicious meals, drinks, and a full body massage.

“We’re really excited to be able to offer our guests a chance to experience the jungle at its finest,” said Larry France, the marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “Chabil Mar is the premiere beachfront resort on the Placencia Peninsula and this new collaboration will give guests a chance to see all the beauty and wonder of Belize.”

Pool and Canopy Chabil Mar Resort Belize

Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Adventure Company and Jungle Lodge was originally built almost two decades ago to give visitors to Belize a chance to experience the wild beauty of Belize’s jungles. Today, the Caves Branch Lodge is a five-star luxury resort with elegant tree house accommodations that include decks and hot tubs that give guests a chance to experience the jungle from a new perspective. Long-time nature lovers, founder Ian Anderson and his wife Ella specialize in giving guests personalized tours of the surrounding jungle and getting to know the birds, wildlife and plants that make Belize one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.

Named for a Mayan phrase that translates to “Beautiful Sea”, the multiple award-winning luxury resort of Chabil Mar is located on the Placencia Peninsula just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village. With villas equipped with a full range of modern amenities, Chabil Mar is an oasis of comfort, tranquility and relaxation just a few steps from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Repeatedly distinguished by TripAdvisor for an outstanding commitment to guest comfort, Chabil Mar offers its guests comprehensive vacation packages to explore and visit all of the most exciting, beautiful and educational sites that make Belize a vacationer’s paradise.

Visit our website for more information on our Belize vacation packages, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.


The Belize Zoo

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Belize Zoo

The Belize Zoo is truly a unique experience and far more than just a collection of animals kept locked up in cages. Located just a few miles outside of Belize City, the zoo was founded in 1983 as the Tropical Education Center to provide refuge for animals that had been abandoned after being used in a documentary film.

Today, the Belize Zoo is an interactive wildlife park that is the first location of its kind to be completely accessible to handicapped persons. Measuring more than 29 acres in size, the Belize Zoo is home exclusively to more than 140 animals that are native to the country, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. Continuing its original mission, all of the 45 species of wildlife at the Belize Zoo are rescued animals.

Some of the most popular residents of the Belize Zoo include Junior Buddy (a jaguar), Panama (a harpy eagle) and Fuego, a Baird’s Tapir, the national animal of Belize.

Although Belizeans live in one of the most ecologically diverse environments on the planet, many of them are unaware of the rich diversity of wildlife to be found in their country. The Belize Zoo doubles as an educational center, providing information and hands-on experiences in order to encourage respect for the animals and plants of Belize and emphasize the importance of preserving the natural heritage of the country for generations yet to come.

More than 68,000 people visit the Belize Zoo every year including school groups from local schools in Belize. Student career training, summer camps, reading programs, and birthday parties for the animals are regular events at the Belize Zoo to help increase awareness of the rich diversity of wildlife in Belize.

Visit the Belize Zoo

Chabil Mar strongly encourages all visitors to Belize to visit the Belize Zoo and our concierge would be very pleased to make those arrangements for a visit there for you.

A luxury resort located just a short distance from Placencia Village, Chabil Mar features lovely well-appointed villas on an immaculate property complete with a lovely tropical garden, infinity swimming pool, and a top-rated restaurant and bar.



The coolest country to get married is Belize

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016

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Just a few hours’ flying time from the United States, the tropical nation of Belize is the perfect place to host an unforgettably beautiful beach wedding and enjoy a fun-filled exotic honeymoon.

Getting married in Belize is fun, simple and available even to people from other countries. Local regulations require that the couple be in the country for a minimum of three days and then apply for a wedding license. The fee is just $105 U.S. and the process takes one day. After that, a Senior Justice of the Peace or a registered minister of a Belizean church can marry you! You’ll be required to show your passport, birth certificate, any other related documents (like a divorcee decree) and have at least one male and one female witness.

Once you’ve tied the knot, countless adventures await you, including:

– Scuba Diving and Snorkeling:

scuba diving in belizeThe beautiful Belize Barrier Reef is home to an amazing abundance of colorful marine fauna and flora, making it an ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving. The Placencia Peninsula is just a few miles from some of the best atolls and islands to see coral, sea turtles, sharks, and a wide array of aquatic life, including Laughing Bird Caye National Park and Silk Caye.

– The Rainforest:

Belize JaguarWhether you’re interested in seeing jaguars in their native habitat in the Cockscomb Basin Nature Preserve, bird watching, taking a boat ride up the Monkey River, or sailing through the jungle canopy, the pristine rainforests of Belize are bursting with life.

– Maya Ruins:

rp_xunantunich-1024x683.jpgBelize was once the home of the mighty Maya Empire. Today, visitors can explore lost cities in the jungle like Xunantunich, Caracol and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal just over the border in neighboring Guatemala.

belize wedding resortsChabil Mar on the beautiful Placencia Peninsula is the ideal destination for an exotic tropical wedding or honeymoon. With gorgeously appointed villas facing the Caribbean Sea, Chabil Mar is a great place to host your dream wedding and enjoy an intimate honeymoon.

Chabil Mar offers complete Belize wedding packages to make sure that your special day goes off without a hitch and honeymoon packages for the perfect beginning to your new life.

Chabil Mar also offers comprehensive jungle and sea vacations for couples wanting to mix the best elements of the reef and rainforest as well as Belize and Guatemala vacation packages to continue your fun Central American vacation.